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Beck's Adds Roundup Ready 2 Xtend(TM) Soybeans to Weed Resistance Lineup

ATLANTA, Ind., Feb. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Beck's is pleased to offer farmers another solution in the fight against weed resistance. Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybeans will provide farmers with tolerance to dicamba and glyphosate herbicides. Beck's is releasing six new varieties that range in maturity from 2.5 to 4.9.

"Our priority is helping farmers succeed," said Scott Beck, president of Beck's. "By offering farmers access to choices in traits and genetics, we're giving them the tools and resources to maximize their yield. The new Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean varieties complement our other choices for farmers in fighting glyphosate weed resistance."

Although Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans are tolerant to both glyphosate and dicamba herbicides, the use of dicamba herbicide over the top of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans remains under review with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is not currently approved by the EPA. Once approved, the Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System, which includes Roundup® Xtend and XtendiMax™ herbicides, will offer farmers a vital tool for managing tough-to-control and glyphosate-resistant weeds.

"In addition, we will continue to offer an extensive lineup of LibertyLink® soybeans for those farmers who want to take advantage of an approved weed-resistant system today," said Beck. "Currently, nearly half of our customers' orders are with LibertyLink soybeans. Through the use of the LibertyLink system, farmers are protecting and improving their farms' yields."

Due to pending approval of Roundup Xtend and XtendiMax herbicides, Beck's is offering Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans at the same price as Roundup Ready 2 Yield® soybeans relative to their maturity. Farmers who purchase Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans for the 2016 season should consult their local herbicide specialist to determine a herbicide program.

"We're excited to provide farmers with the opportunity to experience Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean genetics in the 2016 season," said Sonny Beck, CEO of Beck's. "The Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System will be another tool in the toolbox to control glyphosate-resistant weeds and improve yields, once the herbicide is approved."

For more information about Beck's extensive soybean lineup, please visit www.beckshybrids.com or call 800-937-2325.

About Beck's

Beck's is a family-owned and operated seed company that serves farmers in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin. According to a recent media survey, Beck's ranks as the sixth largest seed company in the United States and the only one in the top six that is family-owned, making Beck's the largest retail, family-owned seed company in the United States. To learn more about Beck's, please visit www.beckshybrids.com. Follow Beck's Hybrids on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BecksHybrids, like Beck's Hybrids on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BecksHybrids, or visit the Beck's Blog at www.beckshybrids.com/blog.

ETS Statement for Dicamba & Glyphosate

As of February 11, 2016 no dicamba herbicide product has been approved for commercial in-crop use with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans. DO NOT APPLY DICAMBA HERBICIDE IN-CROP TO Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans IN 2016 unless you use a dicamba herbicide product that is specifically labeled for that use in the location where you intend to make the application. IT IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL AND STATE LAW TO MAKE AN IN-CROP APPLICATION OF ANY DICAMBA HERBICIDE PRODUCT ON Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans UNLESS THE PRODUCT LABELING SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZES THAT USE. Contact the U.S. EPA and your state pesticide regulatory agency with any questions about the approval status of dicamba herbicide products for in-crop use with Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans contains genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate and dicamba. Glyphosate herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Dicamba will kill crops that are not tolerant to dicamba. Contact your dealer or refer to Monsanto's Technology Use Guide for recommended Roundup Ready® Xtend Crop System weed control programs. Genuity®, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™, Roundup® Xtend, XtendiMax™, Roundup Ready 2 Yield®, Roundup Ready®, and Roundup® are trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC.

LibertyLink® is a registered trademark of Bayer.

CONTACT: Ashley Fischer Marketing Content and Media Lead 317.984.1134 afischer@beckshybrids.comSource: Beck's Hybrids